The Central government is at a "fairly advanced stage" of discussions with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for granting special status to the state
The Central government is at a “fairly advanced stage” of discussions with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for granting special status to the state, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said in the Parliament. Jaitley said the government may reach to a conclusion in this matter soon. Jaitley also said that Andhra Pradesh needs to be compensated because the state received “unfair” revenue and finances at the times of its separation from Telangana. We are at a fairly advanced stage in discussions with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and will shortly arrive at a solution,” PTI quoted him as saying.
YSR Congress leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy pointed out that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government had promised special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Reddy said that Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu, who were leaders of the Opposition party during UPA rule, had demanded special category status for the state for ten years. Members of YSR Congress have been regularly protesting over the issue. Today also the YSR Congress leaders protested in the Well over the issue. During the Zero Hour debate, Rammohan Naidu of the TDP said that all districts of the new state are receiving only Rs 50 crore a year each.
(With PTI inputs)